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Groupon Classics of Turkey with Options

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
12 Days
Price from
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale

Scheduled departures - 12 days/10 nights escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, and Gallipoli.

Includes

  • Hotel room accommodation at suggested hotels or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing: per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Day

1

USA-Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul-Arrival

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. A welcome briefing will be held in the evening. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.)

Day

3

Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

Enjoy an optional full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Consider an optional dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul-Ankara

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Movenpick Ankara or similar hotels

Consider an optional morning tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon depart for Ankara. (B,D)

Day

5

Ankara-Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. Continue to Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route visit a 13th century caravanserai. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and consider joining an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

6

Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Consider an early morning optional balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, embark on an optional tour visiting Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, the Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)

Day

7

Cappadocia-Pamukkale

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Pam Thermal Hotel or similar hotels

Depart for Pamukkale, en route you will see the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. (B,D)

Day

8

Pamukkale - Kusadasi

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today visit the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades formed by mineral springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day

9

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House-Kusadasi

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today depart on an optional tour of the ruins of Ephesus and explore the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's cottage. Continue to a regional rug production center to have firsthand experience of this unique art form. Consider joining an optional afternoon tour to the village of Sirince. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day

10

Pergamum-Troy-Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

Visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Continue to a traditional village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy and tour its legendary walls and the replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for an overnight. (B,L,D)

Day

11

Gallipoli-Dardanelles-Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

Morning departure for Gallipoli. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair battlefield. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. Enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day

12

Istanbul-Return

You will be transferred to the airport. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (B)

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